truth and truthiness

Spring 2013 Program

Join some of Canada’s most respected experts for

•Six evening lectures

•Two morning seminars

Lectures and Seminars:

Truth and Truthiness*

How real is what we think we know?

Facts bombard us. One fact contradicts another. Some facts are hard to understand. Others question our understanding of the past or of justice. Or deny what our senses say. Six experts will help us navigate the torrent of information, providing insights we need to make informed decisions.

*  A term coined by the American political satirist Stephen Colbert; a "truth" that a person claims to know because it "feels right" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or facts.   

6 Thursday evening lectures, 2 Friday morning seminars

 March 28–May 2, 2013

Thursday, March 28

Truth in the criminal justice system – Martin Friedland

Thursday, April 4

Why the most important questions are the hardest to answer and the easiest to get wrong – Georges Monette


Friday, April 5 (Seminar)

Personal evidence and trust as a context for truth – Tory Hoff

Thursday, April 11

Righting history: How we search for the truth about the past – Michael Bliss

Friday, April 12 (Seminar)

 Discovering the Discovery of Insulin – Michael Bliss

Thursday, April 18

Truth in the news – John Honderich

Thursday, April 25

Truth in language and thought – Brendan Gillon

Thursday, May 2

Photography and the Expectation of Truth – Simon Clements

The Northumberland Learning Connection is registered charity that fosters lifelong learning in Northumberland County, Ontario.

Each lecture includes a presentation by the speaker, an opportunity to ask questions, and refreshments. Held from 7:30pm to approximately 9:30pm at the Columbus Community Centre, 232 Spencer Street East, Cobourg (north of King Street E., just west of D’Arcy Street).

Each seminar includes a discussion led by the speaker, and refreshments. Held from 9:00am to 11:00am in the Program Room at the Port Hope Public Library, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope.